The Weeknd sweeps! And other highlights from the 2021 Juno Awards
Ameko chats with JP Saxe, Haviah Mighty and Ali Gatie
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- The 50th annual Juno Awards were a star-studded night.
- The Weeknd was the big winner of the year with 5 Junos.
- CBC Kids News contributor Ameko Carroll chatted with JP Saxe and others.
- Read on to hear their musical wisdom. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
The 50th annual Juno Awards have officially wrapped, and — as usual — we’ve seen that Canada has enough talent to fill the Great Lakes.
CBC Kids News contributor Ameko Carroll tuned in virtually from his bedroom to interview some of the big winners from the night on how it felt to feel the love from the north country.
Check out the video below to hear breakthrough artist of the year JP Saxe, artist of the year nominee Ali Gatie and Polaris Prize winner and Juno performer Haviah Mighty tell us what makes Canadian music so unique.
The Weeknd was the big winner of the night, taking home both artist and album of the year, as well as three other awards, bringing his total Juno count to 15 wins.
However, the night’s big winner was a no-show.
Eight-time Juno Award winner Justin Bieber, who won this year’s pop album of the year prize, opened the show with an energetic performance of his single Somebody.
It was his first Juno performance in 11 years.
This year’s fan choice award went to Pickering, Ontario’s Shawn Mendes.
He beat other fan faves including Lennon Stella, Tate McRae, Curtis Waters, The Weeknd and a handful of other Canadian superstars.
Haviah Mighty, the 2019 Polaris Prize winner, joined Canadian hip-hop royalty Maestro Fresh Wes, Jully Black, NAV, Kardinal Offishal and more in a performance to honour the 30th anniversary of the rap recording category at the Junos.
Singer-songwriter JP Saxe beat TikTok superstars Tate McRae, Powfu and Curtis Waters to win breakthrough artist of the year and gave an emotional performance with collaborator Julia Michaels.
JP Saxe and Julia Michaels performing If the World was Ending at the 2021 Junos. (Image credit: CBC Music/YouTUbe)
Closing out the night was a bombshell team-up between Feist and The Tragically Hip, performing the song It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken.
It was the group's first televised performance since the death of frontman Gord Downie in 2017.
CBC Kids News contributor Ameko Carroll snuck in the last question of the night for the group. Check it out in the video below!
With files from Jackson Weaver/CBC
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Ameko Carroll, graphic design by Philip Street/CBC